Julian Nava, 1st Latino on LAUSD Board, Ex-Ambassador and Pioneer, Remembered

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Dr. Julian Nava, the first Latino elected to the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education and a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, was remembered Tuesday as a lifelong educator and champion of the Mexican American community.

Nava died July 29 in San Diego of natural causes. He was 95.

The Boyle Heights native, a son of Mexican immigrants, lived a life of accomplishment. He was the first Mexican American student body president at East Los Angeles College and one of the first Mexican Americans to earn a doctorate from Harvard, later becoming a history professor at Cal State Northridge when it opened in 1956.

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